Older adults get into the act online
As May ends, we’re wrapping up Older Americans Month, with its theme “get into the act.” But it’s not too late for older Americans to get into the act online. If you’re an older adult who’s active online (or maybe you know one), here are some online safety tips to share.
- Beware of online scams. Don’t open attachments, click links or respond to email from senders you don’t know.
- Use social networks more safely. Look for “settings” or “options” in services like Facebook to manage who can see your profile or photos.
- Protect your personal information online. Before you enter financial information, make sure the website has “https” (the ‘s’ is for secure) or a picture of a padlock in the address bar.
- Use strong passwords. That means at least ten characters with upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols. Don’t use the same password for every account.
Are you comfortable with technology? Share your knowledge. Stop.Think.Connect. and OnguardOnline.gov give you tools to use in presentations. Or use Net Cetera to chat with your children or grandchildren about being online.
Know someone who doesn’t want to bother with technology? Getting online can reduce isolation and increase independence – sharing photos, video conferencing with loved ones, reading, shopping, or watching favorite movies. Several non-profit organizations provide hands-on technology training for older adults, including AARP TEK and OASIS Connections.
Share these tips and resources with someone you know. Get into the act online safely.